LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League announced that they have recalled former ECHL goaltender Danny Taylor from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
The Reading Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Kings of the NHL and the Monarchs of the AHL.
Selected in the seventh round (221st overall) by Los Angeles in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Kings, the 21 year old began the season in Reading where he was 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.64 and a save percentage of .917 in three games before being reassigned to Manchester where he is 13-5-2 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.40 and a save percentage of .921 in 23 games.
He was named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January after going 5-0-0 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 0.87 and a save percentage of .972 in six games.
Former ECHL players won the CCM/AHL Player of the Month award in November (Martin St. Pierre), December (Pascal Pelletier) and January (Grant Stevenson). Trevor Smith, who played in the ECHL with Utah this season, was the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for February while John Curry, who played this year for both Las Vegas and Wheeling, was the winner in December. Former ECHL All-Star Jeff Glass was the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November.
Taylor was named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 27 after a shutout streak of 190:36. The AHL weekly award has been won by 10 ECHL players with Sean Curry (Dec. 16), Jaroslav Halak (Jan. 6), Grant Stevenson (Jan. 20), Danny Taylor and Miika Wiikman (Jan. 27), Andrew Gordon (Feb. 11), Drew MacIntyre (Feb. 25), Karl Goehring (Mar. 2), Barry Brust (Mar. 9) and Julian Talbot (Mar. 23).
In his rookie season in 2006-07, Taylor was 3-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.51 in six Kelly Cup Playoff games and 0-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.62 in two regular season games for Texas. He also played for Wheeling where he was 0-0-1 with a goals-against average of 3.87 in one game and for Bakersfield where he was 7-7-1 with a goals-against average of 4.33 in 17 games.